New WGST Director Nadia Brown aims to strengthen WGST’s future – the voice of Georgetown

Content Warning – This article refers to sexual assault

Dr. Nadia Brown will begin her work this summer as Director of the Georgetown Women and Gender Studies (WGST) Program. After receiving it for more than a year, Brown resigned. He is taking over You-Me Park, which joined the program in 2004.

Brown’s hiring comes years after a student appeal to the WGST, which was founded without Georgetown. Expansion of current resources and staff members, as well as course supplies and consultants will be needed for the program to grow.

Brown began work on August 1 and laid the foundation for community access. “Every time you move to a new institution, there is a great learning curve to know not only the rules but also what is written and what is not written,” she said in an interview with Voice. Former Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies After being offered a discount in early 2020, she began her first discussions about her future work in the WGST program. She accepted the tenancy and started the following year.

The recruitment was combined with student advocacy efforts to ask George to provide more support for the program, to invest in more comprehensive Title IX resources, and to hire a WGST director for the permanent department. Sitting in front of the office of President John Digio in the spring of 2020, the Black Survival of the United Nations (BCC) was among those questions that called for more support and care for colored students and a few black sex workers. Attack. In line with the goals of the BCC, the establishment of an official WGST class equals Georgetown’s peer-to-peer institutional resources.

Considering his role as a student activist, Brown, a black man, called it a big picture for her. “I am very clear about the role of sexual harassment and violence in the ceremony. The energy of the students and their commitment to these issues motivated me to come to Georgetown. ”

In her work on the #MeTooPoliSci project, which has benefited from the National Science Foundation for many years, Brown and her colleagues study how to intervene in harassment and how to use professional associations to shape best practices. The published scholarship examines the challenges facing black women in politics, especially among voters.

Brown’s colleagues spoke positively about her scholarship to the Academy for Sexual Assault Research. WGST professor Sarah Colina said in an email to VOA: “Brown has been nationally recognized for her work in the academy for sexual assault and sexual harassment. I really can’t think of anyone who would be more suited to deepen and expand Georgetown’s Women and Gender Studies program.

As she enters her new role, Brown will focus on various goals to achieve the program. “The money I got from Dean’s office was to build the program and get more teachers and really bring new life and energy to the program,” Brown said.

WGST currently relies heavily on affiliate faculty to teach many of its courses and does not benefit from the same institutional support from well-known departments on campus. Part of Brown’s efforts to add to WGST offerings include building more sustainability for students and building partnerships and partnerships for long-term decision-making for faculty members.

Among the many issues Brown wants to address is the uncertainty of the “Title IX for the New Generation” program, which was presented twice in 2020 before the deadline for the last two semesters. Colina, who taught the well-designed course, and her students continue to emphasize the importance of curriculum and subject IX knowledge on the Georgetown campus. Georgetown’s sexual assault rates are higher than their peers, so they need institutional change, strong education, and support systems. At the end of each semester, students presented to school administrators action plans on how best to address topic IX issues on campus.

“I want to [Title IX class] To be approached. ” Prior to the commencement of the agreement, she had the opportunity to visit some of the final stages of the program, which focused on the practical implications of the law and its importance to Georgetown. “I was just amazed at the quality of the student projects,” she said.

Concerning Title IX has implications outside of law and the classroom, Colina writes:

The gap in student sex education is exacerbated by the lack of audience training for this year’s first year and high school. In person, the five-hour training has previously taught all new students techniques to understand the meanings of sexual assault, effectively intervene to protect their peers, and to be compassionate advocates for survivors. Due to labor restrictions at Covid-19 and several campus centers, health education services could not complete the compulsory training.

Looking forward to it, Brown plans to hold listening meetings and meetings with former members of the program, current students, and new participants. One of the first opportunities to hear from the community will be a welcome welcome on Friday, September 10 at Levis Spain, the Women’s Center and the LGBTK + Input Center. By presenting herself in public on campus, Brown hopes to attract new students and teachers to expand access to WGST.

“That is my greatest hope [Brown] It will expand the program to the Department so that all peer organizations already have it – a department that has been given the necessary discipline for gender studies, ”he wrote. “Students should take the lead in this discussion, so there is no better time to participate in the WGST program!”

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